As a tourist, one of the most important things to consider when traveling is how to get around safely and efficiently.

While taxis can be a convenient option for transportation, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks that can come with using a parked taxi.


Here are a few reasons why tourists should never use a parked taxi:

Safety concerns: Parked taxis are often unlicensed or operating without proper documentation. These taxis may not be properly maintained or inspected, which can put passengers at risk. Additionally, drivers of parked taxis may not be properly trained or vetted, which can also poses a safety risk.

Scams: Parked taxis are often used by scam artists looking to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. These scammers may use rigged meters or charge exorbitant rates, leaving tourists with a much higher bill than they expected.

Lack of accountability: When using a parked taxi, there is often no way to hold the driver or company accountable for any issues that may arise. This can make it difficult to resolve any issues or complaints that may come up during the ride.

No insurance coverage: Parked taxis are often not insured which means that if something happens during the ride, the passengers will have no insurance coverage.

Quality of service: Parked taxis may not offer the same level of service as licensed taxis. They may not have working air conditioning or other amenities, and the drivers may not speak the same languages as their passengers.

Instead of using a parked taxi, tourists should always opt for a licensed and reputable taxi service. This can be done by looking for taxis that are clearly marked, or by using a ride-hailing app or booking service that verifies the credentials of the drivers. Additionally, tourists should always verify the cost of the ride before getting in the car, and should be aware of the local currency and exchange rate to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings.

Rodney’s TOP TIPS

  1. Always take a photo of the taxi and it’s number plate.
  2. Taxi a taxi from a hotel when you can.
  3. Get a taxi to drop you off at a major hotel when possible most large hotels have security.
  4. Always carry lots of small change.
  5. I never take a taxi from someone that is not driving a taxi there are many dishonest touts out there.
  6. I also never take a taxi that is just sitting around looking for business. They are looking for their next payday which is usually the next gullible tourist!

In conclusion, tourists should never use a parked taxi. The risks outweigh the convenience, and there are many safer options available. By taking a little extra time to research and plan ahead, tourists can ensure that their transportation needs are met in a safe, reliable, and affordable way.